\ ˈī(-ə)l How to pronounce aisle (audio) \

Definition of aisle

1a(1) : a passage (as in a theater or railroad passenger car) separating sections of seats
(2) : such a passage regarded as separating opposing parties in a legislature supported by members on both sides of the aisle
b : a passage (as in a store or warehouse) for inside traffic
2 : the side of a church nave separated by piers from the nave proper
walk down the aisle or less commonly go down the aisle
: to get married Prenuptial agreements have long been used by couples who want to set down the terms of any future divorce before they walk down the aisle.— Desa Philadelpha

Examples of aisle in a Sentence

The bride walked down the aisle to the altar. By the end of the concert, the people in the theater were dancing in the aisles.

Recent Examples on the Web

On the other side of the aisle, people love everything that he’s done. Corey Seymour, Vogue, "Bret Easton Ellis on Talking Porn With Kanye, a New Novel, and (Yes) Trump," 16 Apr. 2019 She is immediately reminded of her best friend's daughter, who opted to wear her Zoya gown down the aisle, a flaming red and hot pink ball gown with a plunging neckline, rather than any traditional ivory confection. Carrie Goldberg, Harper's BAZAAR, "Exclusive: BAZAAR Bride's First Look at Vera Wang Bride Spring 2020," 12 Apr. 2019 Okay, Eddie hasn't walked down the aisle (yet!) but the nuptials are approaching. Jennifer Aldrich, Country Living, "'Blue Bloods' Couple Jamie Reagan and Eddie Janko Have Had Such a Dramatic Relationship," 27 Apr. 2019 This Tuesday, though, women could win high profile races on both sides of the aisle in a number of states. Harry Enten, CNN, "Lockout fears and a potential big night for women are the big stories in Tuesday's elections," 5 June 2018 Queen Victoria walked her two daughters down the aisle in 1866 and 1885 after the death of her husband Prince Albert, according to the BBC. New York Daily News,, "Markle's father will not attend wedding," 17 May 2018 Muzak piped into elevators and shopping malls seems almost quaint, now that televisions and video screens are everywhere—in waiting rooms, restaurants and taxis—and every stroll down a store aisle is accompanied by a pop soundtrack. Christine Rosen, WSJ, "‘Silence’ Review: The Rest Is Noise," 25 Mar. 2019 Gwyneth and Dax continued their conversation on the Goop podcast, where the duo discussed relationships, getting vulnerable, and what made GP decide to walk down the aisle a second time. Candace Braun Davison, House Beautiful, "Gwyneth Paltrow's Wedding Venue Was a Touching Tribute to Her Late Father, Bruce," 18 Mar. 2019 After all, Charles filled in at the last minute to walk Meghan down the aisle during her wedding to Prince Harry. Katherine J. Igoe, Marie Claire, "Prince Charles Reportedly Always Wanted a Daughter, Just like Diana," 13 Mar. 2019

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First Known Use of aisle

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for aisle

Middle English ile, alteration of ele, from Anglo-French, literally, wing, from Latin ala; akin to Old English eaxl shoulder, Latin axis axletree — more at axis

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\ ˈīl How to pronounce aisle (audio) \

Kids Definition of aisle

1 : a passage between sections of seats (as in a church or theater)
2 : a passage between shelves (as in a supermarket)

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